After a slow start, the Houston Rockets are making a strong push up the Western Conference standings.
The Utah Jazz are heading in the opposite direction following their quick start.
Houston goes for a fifth consecutive victory - and second over the Jazz in 11 days - on Wednesday night when it opens a road-heavy portion of its schedule with its lone visit to Salt Lake City.
Since dropping seven of 10 to begin coach Kevin McHale's tenure, the Rockets (21-14) have climbed into a second-place tie with division rival Dallas in the Southwest as well as fourth overall in the Western Conference.
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